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Comparing forever vs. pm2

How are they different?

Here we compare between forever and pm2. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of both packages. The current versions are forever 0.15.3 and pm2 2.5.0.

forever, A simple CLI tool for ensuring that a given node script runs continuously (i.e. forever). It was authored by Charlie Robbins on Dec, 2010.
pm2, Production process manager for Node.JS applications with a built-in load balancer. It was authored by Strzelewicz Alexandre on Jun, 2013.

When comparing both packages you notice that pm2 is the more popular package today (19,604 Stars on Github).
forever has been out there for longer (since 7 years ago), it also has a bigger community of maintainers, less dependencies, less open issues and less open pull requests.
On the other hand, pm2 has more versions, more frequent updates, more daily downloads, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads, more stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.

In our review forever got 309,898 points and pm2 got 433,780 points. The points are a summary of how big the community is and how well the package is maintained.

Lets dive deeper and have a look at some more details on both packages.

Going into more detail

 

forever
0.15.3
NPM

pm2
2.5.0
NPM

description A simple CLI tool for ensuring that a given node script runs continuously (i.e. forever) Production process manager for Node.JS applications with a built-in load balancer.
keywords cli, fault tolerant, sysadmin, tools cli, fault tolerant, sysadmin, tools, pm2, logs, log, json, express, hapi, kraken, reload, microservice, programmatic, harmony, node-pm2, production, keymetrics, node.js monitoring, strong-pm, deploy, deployment, daemon, supervisor, nodemon, pm2.io, ghost, ghost production, monitoring, process manager, forever, profiling, probes, forever-monitor, keep process alive, process configuration, clustering, cluster cli, cluster, cron, devops, dev ops
author Charlie Robbins Strzelewicz Alexandre
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nodemon, supervisor, strongloop, strong-pm nodemon, supervisor, strongloop, strong-pm
Comparison
licenses MIT AGPL-3.0
created 7 years ago (Dec, 2010) 4 years ago (Jun, 2013)
modified 2 days ago 9 hours ago
total versions 43 198
version average every 2 months every 7 days
maintainers 5 1
dependencies 15 28
Daily Downloads 16,140 24,059
Weekly Downloads 99,853 139,607
Monthly Downloads 478,740 656,422
open issues 238 328
open pull requests 18 20
stargazers 9,801 19,604
subscribers 285 586
forks 730 1,456
wiki
Points
Overall points

309,898

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433,780

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CLI Shortcuts
install npm i -S forever npm i -S pm2
remove npm r -S forever npm r -S pm2

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